Hanukkah · This Shabbat

Hanukkah 

Shabbat Shalom, Friends

Next week is Hanukkah (the Festival of Dedication or Lights). This is my second Hanukkah since I started blogging. If I think back to my first blog posts in mid August 2016, these were simply 3 youtube videos about Jewish believers in Yeshua. Now, it’s 80+ posts later. Thank you for reading my blogposts and visiting my blog. It’s much appreciated. 

There is a reference to Hanukkah found in the New Testament. In Yochanan / John 10:22 to 42, we read about Yeshua’s discussion with unbelievers who wanted to stone him. This occurred during Hanukkah. What stands out for me are the 2 verses found in John 10: 37 and 38: 

22 Then came Hanukkah in Yerushalayim. It was winter, 

23 and Yeshua was walking around inside the Temple area, in Shlomo’s Colonnade. 

24 So the Judeans surrounded him and said to him, “How much longer are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us publicly!” 

25 Yeshua answered them, “I have already told you, and you don’t trust me. The works I do in my Father’s name testify on my behalf, 

26 but the reason you don’t trust is that you are not included among my sheep. 

27 My sheep listen to my voice, I recognize them, they follow me, 

28 and I give them eternal life. They will absolutely never be destroyed, and no one will snatch them from my hands. 

29 My Father, who gave them to me, is greater than all; and no one can snatch them from the Father’s hands. 

30 I and the Father are one.” 

31 Once again the Judeans picked up rocks in order to stone him. 

32 Yeshua answered them, “You have seen me do many good deeds that reflect the Father’s power; for which one of these deeds are you stoning me?” 

33 The Judeans replied, “We are not stoning you for any good deed, but for blasphemy — because you, who are only a man, are making yourself out to be God [Hebrew: Elohim].” 

34 Yeshua answered them, “Isn’t it written in your Torah, `I have said, “You people are Elohim’ “?h 

35 If he called `elohim’ the people to whom the word of Elohim was addressed (and the Tanakh cannot be broken), 

36then are you telling the one whom the Father set apart as holy and sent into the world, `You are committing blasphemy,’ just because I said, `I am a son of Elohim’? 

37 “If I am not doing deeds that reflect my Father’s power, don’t trust me. 

38 But if I am, then, even if you don’t trust me, trust the deeds; so that you may understand once and for all that the Father is united with me, and I am united with the Father.” 

39One more time they tried to arrest him, but he slipped out of their hands. 

40 He went off again beyond the Yarden, where Yochanan had been immersing at first, and stayed there. 

41 Many people came to him and said, “Yochanan performed no miracles, but everything Yochanan said about this man was true.” 

42 And many people there put their trust in him.

The Father and Yeshua are one. Yeshua has been given all authority from the Father. This resembles the Sh’ma [Hear] (D’varim / Deutoromony 6: 4 )

4 “Sh’ma, Yisra’el! ADONAI Eloheinu, ADONAI echad [Hear, Isra’el! ADONAI our God, ADONAI is one];

Furthermore, Hanukkah also makes me think of Mattityahu / Matthew 5:14 to 16:

14 “You are light for the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 

15 Likewise, when people light a lamp, they don’t cover it with a bowl but put it on a lampstand, so that it shines for everyone in the house. 

16 In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they may see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.

 May the Light of our Salvation shine through out his dark world. 

Have a blessed and peaceful Shabbat!

This Shabbat

A call to return to the God of our Salvation (Teshuvah / תשובה)

Shabbat Shalom, friends!

Tis the season to repent; to return to ADONAI (interestingly, the season will open with a solar eclipse – the total solar eclipse over America). In a couple of days, it will be 40 days until the appointed time of Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement – Leviticus 23:27) and also a month before Yom Teruah (the Day of blowing the Shofar / Trumpets – Leviticus 23:24).  The appointed times are found in Leviticus 23.

If you aren’t already observing these appointed times, should you keep these? Well, let’s consider this: Yeshua (Jesus) said in Matthew 5:17 to 18:

17 “Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete.

18 Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah — not until everything that must happen has happened.

The King James version actually uses the word “destroy”.

17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

These appointed times aren’t just Jewish high holidays nor Israel’s holiday. These are “the designated times of ADONAI which you are to proclaim as holy convocations are my designated times”(Leviticus 23:2). It is for you to decide whether you want to observe these appointed times. Just consider this: ADONAI gave us his instructions (Torah) and HIS designated times to observe. Throughout Yeshua’s ministry, He discussed, referred to and fulfilled the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings (Psalms and Proverbs). Perhaps, it’s worthwhile looking into these appointed times for yourself?

Returning to the number “40”. The number “40” is one of those special numbers found in the Bible. The number “40” appears numerous times in the Word of God for example, the rains (in Noah’s day) fell for 40 days and nights (Genesis 7:4); Moshe / Moses was with God in the mount, 40 days and nights (Exodus 24:18); Goliath presented himself to Israel for 40 days (1 Samuel 17:16) ; ADONAI gave Nineveh 40 days to repent (Jonah 3:4); Yeshua fasted 40 days and nights (Matthew 4:2) to name a few of these verses.

While I was planning this blog post, I was drawn to the Book of Hosea. (Please note: every name in the Bible has a meaning and Hoshea also means “salvation”. Interestingly, Moshe / Moses renamed Hoshea, son of Nun to Y’hoshua (Joshua) in Numbers 13:16 and the name Y’hoshua was later changed to Yeshua right before the New Covenant  / Testament period. You can read my blog post on this in “Revealed: the name of the Jewish messiah“).

If we read from the Book of Hosea, the Prophet Hosea, discussed the sins committed by Israel and Judah. In particular, he pointed out their murderous behaviour and sexual sin.

Hosea 6: 7 – 10:

7″But they, just like men, have broken the covenant, they have been faithless in dealing with me.

8 Gil’ad is a city of criminals, covered with bloody footprints;

9just as bands of robbers wait to ambush someone, so does a gang of cohanim. They commit murder on the road to Sh’khem! Their conduct is an outrage!

10 In the house of Isra’el I have seen a horrible thing; whoring is found there in Efrayim, Isra’el is defiled.

Yeshua, as the Messiah and Son of ADONAI also discussed and qualified these in Matthew 5 21 to 22 and 27 to 29:

21 “You have heard that our fathers were told, `Do not murder,’l and that anyone who commits murder will be subject to judgment.

22 But I tell you that anyone who nurses anger against his brother will be subject to judgment; that whoever calls his brother, `You good-for-nothing!’ will be brought before the Sanhedrin; that whoever says, `Fool!’ incurs the penalty of burning in the fire of Gei-Hinnom!

27 “You have heard that our fathers were told, `Do not commit adultery.’m

28 But I tell you that a man who even looks at a woman with the purpose of lusting after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

29 If your right eye makes you sin, gouge it out and throw it away! Better that you should lose one part of you than have your whole body thrown into Gei-Hinnom.

Does this sounds like the world today? Not what the world wants to hear. This is the kingdom of satan, attempting to direct us away from ADONAI, even to destroy us. The kingdom of satan is founded on murder, hate, the spirit of whoring, sexual sin, lies and deceit. Make a stand against satan!

We also read in James 4: 7 to 10:

7 Therefore, submit to God. Moreover, take a stand against the Adversary, and he will flee from you. 8 Come close to God, and he will come close to you. Clean your hands, sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded people! 9 Wail, mourn, sob! Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into gloom! 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

ADONAI has a plan for us to make this stand and to receive salvation. ADONAI gave these prophetic words to the Prophet Hosea to record thousands of years ago. The message here is very clear: no matter your sins, return to ADONAI. Confess your sins and sin no more. Our God, the Almighty Living God of Israel, will save us, heal us, give us grace and show us his ways. ADONAI, is the God of our Salvation! (In Hebrew: EL Yeshuati Isaiah 12: 2-3):

Hosea 6 1-3:

1 Come, let us return to ADONAI; for he has torn, and he will heal us; he has struck, and he will bind our wounds.

2 After two days, he will revive us; on the third day, he will raise us up; and we will live in his presence.

3 Let us know, let us strive to know ADONAI. That he will come is as certain as morning; he will come to us like the rain, like the spring rains that water the earth.

Hosea 12 6(5):

5 Adonai ELOHEI-Tzva’ot; ADONAI is his name!

6 So you, return to your God; hold fast to grace and justice; and always put your hope in your God.

Hosea 14 2(1):

Return, Isra’el, to ADONAI your God, for your guilt has made you stumble.

2 Take words with you, and return to ADONAI; say to him, “Forgive all guilt, and accept what is good; we will pay instead of bulls [the offerings of] our lips.

Hosea 14: 9:

9 Let the wise understand these things, and let the discerning know them. For the ways of ADONAI are straight, And the righteous walk in them, but in them sinners stumble.

Hosea 3: 4- 5:

4 For the people of Isra’el are going to be in seclusion for a long time without a king, prince, sacrifice, standing-stone, ritual vest or household gods.

5 Afterwards, the people of Isra’el will repent and seek ADONAI their God and David their king; they will come trembling to ADONAI and his goodness in the acharit-hayamim.

Also in Micah 7:18:

18 Who is a God like you, pardoning the sin and overlooking the crimes of the remnant of his heritage? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in grace.

Thus, not matter your sin – seek ADONAI. Cry out to HIM, with tears in your eyes, if you have to. Repent and return. Try to observe ADONAI’S appointed times, if you can – it’s your decision. Our father, ADONAI wants you to be in HIS presence on these days. He wants to reveal HIS power, signs / wonders in the skies, HIS plan and character to you on a personal level. It’s an open invitation every year. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are from. Perhaps you’ll meet ADONAI for the first time or you’ll rediscover HIM or take your belief to the next level by discovering something new in the Word of God that you haven’t read before. Remember: ADONAI wants you to be part of His olive tree. Jew and Gentile together.

Sync up with ADONAI’s calendar! Discover 100% pure ADONAI and no man made religion involved. Salvation and the Word of God are free. (Nothing sold seperately).

All glory to Yeshua ha Mashiach!

 

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